I've been looking through a book of scribbled notes that I've kept over the past couple of years and one of the phrases that jumped out at me was 'Heirloom Electronics'. I can't remember where this came from (I suspect some conference or another), but the idea is powerful.
Most electronic products I can think of seem to either have a clear path to obsolescence (eg cassette players) or else eventually stop working (with repairs being either impossible or simply more than the cost of replacement).
However, will this always be the case? Might we have reached a point where it's possible to develop products that are powerful enough such that future improvements are non-essential, robust enough to survive a generation, and loved enough to hold an emotional attachment.
I had a think about whether any of my parents' electronic products might become significant heirlooms. The only things I can think of are a record player and a coffee grinder.
Amongst my own stuff, I'm hoping to one day be able to hand down a motorised Lego train set and a huge wall clock. There's room for a few more things in this collection though.